As Christ was pouring out His Life, people passed by.
People shouldn’t have to wait until judgement day to See Jesus.
There is a big difference between stories about God and the presence of God.
We don’t need to preach the Gospel is our church buildings, (thats where discipleship happens) we need to preach the Gospel in our streets.
Jesus called his Disciples
When Jesus called his disciples, they dropped all of their dreams, all of there aspirations.
Your belief in action is called faith.
“We become whatever we are committed to.” – Rick Warren
“Before God changes our circumstances, He wants to Change our hearts.” – Warren Wiersbe
“Integrity is the glue that holds our life together. We must constantly strive to keep our integrity intact. When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” – Billy Graham
The butterfly effect proposes that small and apparently insignificant incidents can set in motion a chain of events with far reaching consequences.
The Bumblebee effect describes how great and apparently impossible dreams can set in motion a chain of events resulting in a seemingly insignificant person living an extraordinary life.
You are what you do daily.
You first form your habits; then your habits form you.
It’s just as easy to form habits of success as it is to form habits of failure.
Ezra reflected the significance of being faithful in difficult circumstances. He showed that doing small things well for many years may prepare you for prominent roles.
Lord, You have clearly marked a path for me to take. I don’t know every corner, but you do. Help me to be faithful in my difficult circumstances as I wait for your voice. I know by making the choice to be like no other now will make me like no other now, and more effective as a leader then. Teach me your ways. I am more desperate to know you everyday.
“These were potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.”
1 Chronicles 4:23
Potters were the very highest grade of workers, but “the king” needed potters, and therefore they were in royal service, although the material upon which they worked was nothing but clay. We, too, may be engaged in the most menial part of the Lord’s work, but it is a great privilege to do anything for “the king”; and therefore we will abide in our calling, hoping that, “although we have lien among the pots, yet shall we be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.” The text tells us of those who dwelt among plants and hedges, having rough, rustic, hedging and ditching work to do. They may have desired to live in the city, amid its life, society, and refinement, but they kept their appointed places, for they also were doing the king’s work. The place of our habitation is fixed, and we are not to remove from it out of whim and caprice, but seek to serve the Lord in it, by being a blessing to those among whom we reside. These potters and gardeners had royal company, for they dwelt “with the king” and although among hedges and plants, they dwelt with the king there. No lawful place, or gracious occupation, however mean, can debar us from communion with our divine Lord. In visiting hovels, swarming lodging-houses, workhouses, or jails, we may go with the king. In all works of faith we may count upon Jesus’ fellowship. It is when we are in his work that we may reckon upon his smile. Ye unknown workers who are occupied for your Lord amid the dirt and wretchedness of the lowest of the low, be of good cheer, for jewels have been found upon dunghills ere now, earthen pots have been filled with heavenly treasure, and ill weeds have been transformed into precious flowers. Dwell ye with the King for his work, and when he writes his chronicles your name shall be recorded.
- LOVE PEOPLE NOW: You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow – or if you will see tomorrow at all.
- LOVE IS VULNERABLE: If you love others, then you will be hurt. Because when you open your arms to another, you make yourself an easy target. Do it anyway. Only the pain of never having loved is worse then the pain of having your heart broken. I once said to someone I loved but didn’t love me,“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”
- LOVE IS POWERFUL: Love has the power to change the world. It was love that prompted God to create the world. It was love that caused Him to send Jesus to save it. When you love others, anything is possible.
- LOVE ONLY LAST WITH HARD WORK: No friendship lasts for decades without hard work. No marriage survives half a century without both partners fighting to make it work. No relationship thrives without sweat, tears and toil. If you want a relationship to last you have to give up other things for it.
- LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL: If there are strings attached, then it isn’t really love. A person needs to be loved the most when they deserve to be loved the least. When you love people You make their problems, your problems. You stick with them to the end.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39
GOD’S LOVE is here to stay, and for me that means he will give me the STRENGTH I need to be the MAN I was made to be.
It means that no matter how wimpy I feel or how messed up my life is right now, he will never leave me or give up on me (Hebrews 13:5). And that’s what makes trusting him such a sure thing. When I can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is faithful and never walks out, I can feel free to trust him with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength (Mark 12:30).
Love is the best way to describe God. He is by definition, Love; therefor, everything that he does is out of love. Everything that he says, thinks, feels-it is all formed in love, even his jealousy. So that means love should be the most important thing In the life of man whose goal is to be the example of God’s love to the world. Everything else that I will ever do must rest on my understanding of his love. There is no commandment, no rule, no requirement that isn’t built on love. Love is not only the most amazing thing in the world; it is also the foundation of faith. Jesus puts it like this:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 22:37-40
Love should be the highest goal in my life ( 1 Corinthians 14:1). It’s my gift to my creator. It’s my way of thanking, respecting and honoring God for the life that he gave me. Eleanor Powell once said, “what we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.”Jesus said, “Everyone will know that you are my disciples because of your love for one another.” When I love, I obey the two greatest commandments and so fulfill over 1,130 other ones. Love is the passageway into a life of faith, and it returns as much to me as it does to God. Love never disappoints. I’ve been rejected, I’ve been hurt, but that doesn’t stop me from obeying what God has called me to do. I fail at times, but his love still covers my weaknesses!
The truth about love is that it makes life easier. When you learn to love no matter what the circumstances, you gain strength to rise above. You gain muscles of hope and the power of confidence and your life gets better just because you choose love instead of anger, hate, aggression, and resentment. Love is the fuel of a strong and holy life and to lay down your life for your brothers and sisters in love, is the surest and easiest way to show your love for God.
To Love is to become like Christ! To love is Christianity!
God says,”Wait for the butterfly, don’t chase it.”